10 of the Top Hotels to visit in Cornwall this year

    Few places have a landscape as awe-inspiring as Cornwall, and in the summer months it is little surprise that this corner of the UK attracts visitors from around the world to enjoy the beaches, coast paths, villages, hospitality, activities and attractions that the area has to offer. From The Lizard to St Mawes, Portscatho to St. Ives, each area of Cornwall has something unique and different to offer, encapsulated more often than not by the beauty and character of its hotels, inns and B&Bs. Few know that better than the Good Hotel Guide and here they share 10 of their top hotels to visit in Cornwall this year.

    Polurrian on the Lizard

    Polurrian on the Lizard, Mullion

    This iconic hotel on the Lizard Peninsula offers escapism and a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere. There's a sense of stepping into another world entirely. A path leads to a private beach, the views celebrate the landscape and there’s plenty of activities including tennis, kayaking and yoga. Facilities include a 30ft indoor pool, a hot tub and a gym, an outdoor tennis court and a seasonal outdoor pool. They also offer a range of Elemis spa treatments.

    The Old Coastguard

    The Old Coastguard, Mousehole

    The Old Coastguard is in a wonderful location in the pretty Cornish fishing village of Mousehole, with views of the sea towards St. Michael's Mount and the Lizard. With 14 rooms to stay in, it’s the perfect combination of intimate and stylish, peppered with charming details such as heritage colours, cosy baskets, local art, Roberts Radios, toiletries from Bramley Products, proper coffee and Cornish tea.

    The Brasserie restaurant is warm and welcoming, with favourite dishes using freshly landed local seafood.

    The Gurnard’s Head

    The Gurnard’s Head, Zennor

    The Gurnard’s Head, between St. Ives and St. Just, is the perfect combination of old and new. The pub-with-rooms is a blissful place to stay, with eight bedrooms and views of the Atlantic as well as the moors and tors of Penwith.

    Each area of the hotel has been carefully considered and beautifully styled. Bedrooms are individually designed, featuring bright colours, Vi-Spring beds, a Roberts radio, fresh flowers, Bramley toiletries, local art and warm, Welsh blankets. Food is local, simple and earthy, while drink is warming and chosen with thought. Despite its escapist vibe, there's plenty to see and do. Local attractions range from a stroll along the coast to trips to the Minack Theatre, Zennor, Penzance and Newlyn.

    Hotel Meudon

    Hotel Meudon, Mawnan Smith

    With a private beach and glorious subtropical gardens, Hotel Meudon is a secluded Victorian mansion that offers a sense of being transported to a more elegant time. Rooms are 1960s themed, some with a terrace or balcony, and look out onto lawns and terraces. In the restaurant, local fish and seafood feature on the inventive set menus, while Freddie’s bar serves cocktails, local gins, small bites and sharing plates. The end of the garden takes you directly onto the South West Coast Path, which is perfect for leisurely strolls.

    Boskerris Hotel

    Boskerris Hotel, St Ives

    A stylish, adult-only seaside destination, Boskerris Hotel is a 1930s destination defined by its dreamy coastal palette. Away from the buzz of central St Ives, guests enjoy the view across Carbis Bay to Godrevy lighthouse, whether you're taking cream tea on the terrace or enjoying a dinner of local fare in the restaurant. You can also book a holistic spa treatment using seaweed-based skincare brand Haeckels, and on special occasions stay in a ‘Celebration’ room complete with a sunken bath for two.

    Housel Bay

    Housel Bay, The Lizard

    Situated above the rugged cliffs and white-sand beaches of Lizard Point, Housel Bay is Cornwall's most southerly hotel. An opportunity to immerse yourself in the dramatic beauty of the wild Lizard Peninsula, reconnecting with nature and rambling along the coastal paths, the hotel is a tranquil retreat. There are 23 rooms to stay in, all calm and contemporary in style. Fallowfields is their award-winning restaurant serving local fare, while lighter meals, breakfasts and afternoon teas are served at The Terrace overlooking the water. To complete the experience, Marconi’s Bar is the place for seasonal cocktails, West Country gin, Cornish wines, and local beers.

    Fowey Hall

    Fowey Hall, Fowey

    Part of the Luxury Family Hotels group, Fowey Hall is an enchanting escape overlooking the estuary from its cliff top position. Rumoured to have inspired the description of Toad Hall in Wind in the Willows, it is perhaps little wonder that today families delight in visiting, with activities such as collecting eggs from the hens, bouncing on a trampoline, or taking a bucket and spade to the beach forming an intrinsic part of your stay. For adults, there are spa facilities including a 12-metre swimming pool, an outdoor hot tub with sea views, Peloton fitness equipment, yoga with views of the water and a collection of spa treatments.

    The Marazion Hotel

    The Marazion Hotel, Marazion

    With spectacular views to St Michael's Mount, Marazion Hotel is a former coaching inn turned family-run hotel that's well known for its good value and its superb location just moments from Mount's Bay. With four gold stars to its name, the high-quality retreat has 11 rooms and a self-catering apartment to stay in, all enjoying a contemporary, coastal aesthetic. The Cutty Sark Restaurant and Bar are relaxed and convivial, serving regularly changing specials including locally sourced meat and fish, as well as superb homemade desserts.

    The Old Quay House Hotel

    The Old Quay House Hotel, Fowey

    With the Fowey estuary lapping below the terrace and its white, Victorian studio frontage, The Old Quay House Hotel is a chic, boutique destination for a restful stay in the heart of town. Elegantly decorated and in the perfect location for exploring Fowey, The Old Quay House Hotel has 13 luxurious rooms to stay in, many with estuary views. The restaurant has a reputation in its own right, serving the best quality seafood, West Country meat, Cornish cheeses and locally sourced fresh seasonal produce, all with a front row seat to life on the water at any time of the day.

    The Idle Rocks

    The Idle Rocks, St Mawes

    With its waterside terrace and cool interior stylings, The Idle Rocks is an Edwardian hotel blissfully located on the Fal estuary. Days are spent watching the world go by as you dine on the terrace, enjoying award-winning food prepared by a chef who honed his craft at Raymond Blanc's kitchen. Meanwhile, the 19-bedroom Relais & Châteaux hotel has paid careful attention to detail, with all rooms carefully decorated in keeping with the coastal theme but with a distinctly luxurious edge.

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